UNIBEN Seeks Better Funding As FG Delegation Inspects Projects

Peter Okonkwo  
Updated October 25, 2017

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The management of the University of Benin has appealed to the Federal Government to release funds for the completion of abandoned projects in the institution.

Top UNIBEN officials made the appeal on Tuesday when a Federal Government delegation inspected projects being executed by the FG in the institution.

The officials told Channels Television that projects under the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) receive better funding, and that some of those funded directly from Federal Government allocation to the school had been abandoned due to poor funding.

A deputy director in the Ministry of Education, Charity Ogah, who represented the Minister of Education, gave the assurance that the Federal Government would continue to do the needful to improve the country’s educational sector.

“Government is doing its best, the ministry is making all necessary effort to ensure that we have peace and ensure that teaching and learning go on very well in our institutions of learning,” she said.

“Government has the interest of every citizen at heart and we are doing our best, with time you will begin to see the result. Government is listening.”

Work is ongoing at the projects the team inspected. They include the postgraduate hostel, female hostel as well as a lecture hall for the faculty of education all of which are funded by the TETFUND.

But for others like the faculty of agriculture building and the college of medical sciences, this is not the case as funding has been a major challenge.

The Director of Physical Planning, UNIBEN, Timi Ikhiesemoje, said, “The ones by the Federal government is actually epileptic in the sense that the funding is inadequate.

“Every year, we wait for allocation, the money allocated is not enough to even complete the number of projects that they are meant for, so we have to focus on few ones to be able to have something reasonable to get out from the funding.”

On his part, the Pro-Chancellor of the University of Benin, Yisa Muhammad said, “The situation in Nigeria is the sort that we have to manage what we have; the resources are limited and we cannot satisfy everybody, but definitely education is underfunded and we will do whatever is humanly possible as a government supplement, that is through the intervention projects like the TETFUND.”